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Dystopian Dream receives UK premiere at Sadler's Wells

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

DYSTOPIAN Dream, a Sadler’s Wells production, receives its UK debut at Sadler’s Wells from November 27 to November 28, 2018.

Created from a concept originated by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Nitin Sawhney and co-devised with Honji Wang and Sébastien Ramirez, who perform and direct, Dystopian Dream is an exciting production combining choreography, live music and animated projections.

Following a critically-acclaimed taster performance at the Royal Albert Hall in 2016, Dystopian Dream developed into a full-length interpretation of Sawhney’s album of the same name (2015), enhanced by Wang Ramirez’s style of extremely physical, hip hop-influenced choreography.

Concepts and visceral emotions taken from the album inspire the themes weaved fluidly throughout Dystopian Dream, including loss, continuity and isolation.

Sawhney previously scored Complicité’s A Disappearing Number and Sadler’s Wells co-production zero degrees with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Antony Gormley and Akram Khan; both of which won Olivier Awards, with the latter earning him a New York Performance and Dance Award for best score.

Honji Wang and Sébastien Ramirez from Company Wang Ramirez presented the gravity-defying Borderline at Sadler’s Wells, and have won the Outstanding Performers Award at the Bessies in New York.

Cutting edge projections, aerial movement and dramatic performances are accompanied by Sawhney’s iconic music sung live to build a parallel world inhabited by three performers. An unprecedented dance-theatre realisation, Dystopian Dream marries Wang Ramirez’s unique style of choreography with Sawhney’s iconic composition to invoke a visual spectacle.

Dystopian Dream features costume design by Hussein Chalayan, who previously created Gravity Fatigue and recently hosted a fashion show at Sadler’s Wells. Animated projections are by Nick Hillel, set design by Shizuka Hariu, lighting design by Natasha Chivers and live vocals performed throughout by Eva Stone.

Tickets: £12 – £35. To book, call 020 7863 8000 or visit

Time: 7:30pm.